Last year, Banshee — created by Alan Ball (and much closer to Six Feet Under than True Blood) — quickly established itself as a hidden gem in its inaugural season. Mixing visceral violence with beautiful cinematography, and a number of fun and emotional arcs, Banshee provided an intense experience that continues in its second season. The past haunting Sheriff Lucas Hood (played by Antony Starr, whose character’s real name is still unknown) as well as Ana/Carrie (Ivana Millicevic) can never really be put away, even after such a bloody finale. New complications mix with old ones to create a rich and often difficult tapestry of problems for the town and Hood, with once again engaging results. Hit the jump for more.
The first trailer for Kevin James’ (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) new picture, Here Comes the Boom has gone online. James stars as a high school science teacher who gets mixed up in the violent world of mixed martial arts in order to earn money to save school projects from budget cuts. While James has become known for being part of Adam Sandler’s cadre (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Grown Ups, Hotel Transylvania and Grown Ups 2), he hasn’t exactly stood out for the right reasons in his non-Sandler works (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The Dilemma and Zookeeper). Will Here Comes the Boom prove any different?
Zookeeper director Frank Coraci’s Here Comes the Boom, starring James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Melissa Peterman, Greg Germann, Joe Rogan, Reggie Lee and Bas Rutten, opens October 12th. Hit the jump for the trailer and synopsis.
Actor Kevin James is quickly becoming the Rob Schneider of the 2000′s. After last year’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop (“Kevin James is a mall cop”), and 2011′s Zookeeper (“Kevin James is a zookeeper”), it’s looking like the actor’s next project will be “Kevin James is a mixed martial arts fighter” (not to be outdone by the upcoming “Kevin James is a valet guy”). Pajiba reports that James’ Grown Ups co-star Salma Hayek is being eyed for the lead female role. The Sony Pictures comedy is being written by screenwriter Allan Loeb (The Switch), and centers on a physics teacher who moonlights as a MMA fighter in order to save the job of the school’s music teacher.
Professional MMA fighter (and Zookeeper voice-over co-star) Bas Rutten is also reportedly in talks for a role in the film. No director is currently set for the untitled MMA project. James will next be seen in Ron Howard’s The Dilemma, which opens on January 14, 2011, followed by Zookeeper on July 8, 2011.
When I read previous log-lines for Kevin James and Rosario Dawson’s upcoming “comedy”, “The Zookeeper”, I didn’t know the animals actually talked. I was under the impression that the premise of “animals teaching their caretaker methods of dating and mating” was to be done through body language and skillful editing.
But because the premise of having a guy like Kevin James win over a woman like Rosario Dawson through the help of zoo animals isn’t outlandish enough, the animals actually talk. With celebrity voices. There will come a day when we will no long be able to devise an exaggerated parody of Hollywood product and that day will most likely be the one when “The Zookeeper” hits theatres.
According to Variety, the following celebrities either need money/want to be in a film their kids can enjoy/hate you: Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow. Nick Nolte, Jim Breuer, Faizon Love and Bas Rutten are also in negotations to join with Nolte voicing a gorilla. Nolte will not be aware of his participation in the film but rather, someone will just follow him around with a tape recorder and edit accordingly.
With this soul-crushing news, the most we can hope for now is that during filming, Kevin James is eaten by one of the animals which will be by far the funniest thing James ever did in his career.